I have had both gas and diesel and for me diesel is superior to gasoline engines. Diesel engines have more torque and last three time more then a gasoline engine before they need over haul. The diesel coach is a heavier coach so cross winds do not bother them like gasoline coaches. The longer the diesel coach the better it handles. Once they go over 42 feet long they are required to have a tag axle which gives them a higher carry capacity. Also handles even better on cross winds. Gasoline motorhomes will cost less then diesel and there are some nice gasoline motorhomes, but test drive both and you will see the difference. No spark plugs to change on a diesel, but they do use a lot more oil in the sump then gasoline engines, But a gasoline engine you need to change the oil more frequent. Six thousand vs sixteen thousand for a diesel. Since a diesel coach is bigger, tires are bigger and cost more. But I would never go back to a gasoline coach. Love my diesel pusher.
2002 Gulf Stream Scenic Cruiser
330 HP Caterpillar
3000 Allison Transmission
Neway Freightliner chassis
2013 Honda CR-V EX
Welcome to the forums. More info would be helpful,,, like what's your budget, are you handy, have your RVed before, how many days/year are you going to use, how many miles do you plan on traveling/year???? Stay away from Alfa's and buy more MH than you think you need ONE TIME!
This post is my opinion (free advice). It is not intended to influence anyone's judgment nor do I advocate anyone do what I propose.
Gas or Diesel, How deep are your pockets? Diesel engines cost more, cost more to servive, diesel fuel is higher, and if major things go wrong with the engine, you wished you never owned it. And those 22.5 tires cost more too. if you've got the cash, go for it.
We average around 5000 miles per year. This is the perfect amount for the annual oil change/lube on the gas engine. I get a Mobil 1 oil change at Wal-Mart for around $60. and the same mechanic always works on it for the past 6 years. A diesel pusher will go 10-20K milees between oil changes and cost much more than that. They can take up to 40 qt. of oil and have 3 filters to change. That doesn't happen on $60. Your use will make a huge difference in your choice. We use the toad to do a lot of sightseeing once we get parked and the RV is simplyour motel. We are in a LaQuinta today for 2 nights and I already miss the MH and my own bed but this time it worked to not use the MH.
2003 Newmar Mountain Aire, Workhorse W22, 2008 Saturn Vue, Falcon 5250, & US Gear Unified Tow Brake
Based on your first post I'm guessing that you are close to retirement or already there. If that's the case and you will be traveling extensively and living in your rig for an extended period of time I would recommend a DP. Buy the biggest you can afford so you only have to buy one time.
After 7 years of research before we decided to buy (we rented 3 units, a class-C and 2 class-A's), I always heard buy your THIRD motorhome first. So, I feel that's what we did. At 5 yrs of ownership, we're happy and we think we got everything we wanted since we special ordered the coach.
2008 Monaco Dynasty, 42.2 ft., 4 slides, 425 hp clean-air Cummins diesel
2013 Honda CR-V EXL, AWD, w/Nav, SMI Air Force One vacuum-assisted braking